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Monday, March 17, 2014

Review: Broken Skies

SYNOPSIS: Thirty years ago, civilization collapsed. Few survived. Ten years ago, the aliens arrived…and stayed. One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy. Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do anything to get him back. In seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell's world, humans are nearly extinct and alien settlers have arrived. Until recently, the E’rikon have remained segregated in their city and ignored the few humans who have tried to engage them… but now they have taken Jax’s brother. To rescue him, she forms an uneasy alliance with a teenage E’rikon left stranded in the woods. She agrees to guide him to the city if he sneaks her past the human-proof barrier. Too bad it’s not that simple. Jax, who cannot stand to be touched, finds that’s she’s drawn to the alien boy with bright green hair and jewel-like scales down his back. And he’s equally affected by her, the courageous redhead with haunted eyes. But she doesn’t know the alien’s true motives and he has no idea that she is much more than she seems. In this world where alien and human are at odds, the connection forming between the two has consequences. What started off as a rescue mission sets a chain of events in motion which threatens not only the remaining humans and the growing alien society, but Earth itself.
A lot of Alien novels have been coming my way lately and I had been terribly unimpressed. Then I read Broken Skies. Theresa Kay blew me away.

I went into the story thinking I was probably going to be disappointed yet again, I was so happy to be wrong! Kay introduces us to Jax, a strong female protagonist in a time where women ate promised at 18 or sold to breeding programs. She is looked at as crazy by her community but despite all she has endured she is amazingly together. In truth what makes her seem wreak to her society are the very things that make her strong. With her strength and the romance Kay weaves between her and Lir, Jax earns her place next to Katniss Everdeen, Tally Youngblood, and Alexia Tarabotti.

Even more than a wonderful dystopian romance with a strong female lead Broken Skies is a gripping social commentary. A look at the hatred that can grip any race, human or otherwise. How love is one of the few things that can conquer such hatred. But it's a difficult and heartbreaking road at times.

Broken Skies was a phenomenal read that flew by. The end was satisfying but kept me longing for more and all the characters were well thought out and well rounded making them seem very real. I really can't wait to see what happens next. This is one I would be sure not to miss, I can easily see this becoming the next Hollywood blockbuster!


The only person she knows who had a subscription to Writer's Digest at eleven and was always excited to write research papers, Theresa has been putting words to paper since a young age. She writes predominantly in the sci-fi and urban fantasy genres. Residing in central Virginia, she juggles two kids, a husband and a full-time job in addition to her writing and in her free time she reads almost anything she can get her hands on. Ok, enough talking about myself in the third person… I love interacting with readers, so if you want to shoot me a line, you can connect with me on Facebook and Tumblr Even if it’s not about my books, I like chatting about my (many) fandoms, books and reading in general, or just about anything really.

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